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Just a really quick question here, hopefully you can help :)

Since when was it common practice for Jews to celebrate birthdays? If so, is there any secular information about this?

127:5.2...This she did with the co-operation of her father, who invited Jesus to their home for the celebration of Rebecca's seventeenth birthday.

http://www.urantia.org/urantia-book-sta ... s#U127_5_0

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interesting question and one that the jews are still debating...i'll just pass along some articles i've just read on the subject and let you decide but it sounds like birthdays were considered positive and significant in the torah and possibly celebrated as such and the negative view is more recent (yet also based on things in the torah)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.shulclo ... thdays.pdf

http://www.bknw.org/uploads/5/9/9/5/599 ... thdays.pdf

http://www.torahmusings.com/2008/03/birthdays-2/

http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/The- ... day-467266


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Makalu wrote:
interesting question and one that the jews are still debating...i'll just pass along some articles i've just read on the subject and let you decide but it sounds like birthdays were considered positive and significant in the torah and possibly celebrated as such and the negative view is more recent (yet also based on things in the torah)

https://s3.amazonaws.com/images.shulclo ... thdays.pdf

http://www.bknw.org/uploads/5/9/9/5/599 ... thdays.pdf

http://www.torahmusings.com/2008/03/birthdays-2/

http://www.jpost.com/Not-Just-News/The- ... day-467266


Thanks for that! Yes I noticed that it's still a debated subject. The thing is that many focus on whether it **should** be celebrated, but not much about whether it was custom or not. The internet is so full of opinions but little unbiased information lol.

Shall have a look over and get back to this thread, perhaps with more findings from homework. Just thought I'd make a thread to see if it's already been covered. (subject interests me as an ex Jehovah's Witness - especially when talking to current Jehovah's witnesses).


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yeah you have to weed thru the irrelevant stuff to find some clues about the past...considering how many laws they had pertaining to social customs and the fact that it wasn't against the law it probably wasn't considered a big deal either way. not to mention the jews in nazareth were known for not following the social customs as strictly as others due to their contacts with gentiles.

anyway, let us know what you find


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